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The Revd Michael Learmouth and Adam Rachid

The Revd Michael Learmouth and Adam Rachid

Published: 22 July, 2016

Great Prospex from Adam’s walk! 

HIGHBURY’S Adam Rachid, 21, walked 184 miles through London to fundraise for Islington youth charity Prospex where he is currently working as an apprentice. He raised £195 that was added to a grand total of £3,143 raised by the charity’s first ever crowdfunding campaign. Adam’s journey took in a number of locations important to Prospex’s history. His first stop was Barnsbury to visit Revd Michael Learmouth at St Andrew’s church where the charity was founded. Prospex is now working towards their ultimate fundraising goal of £15,000. For details visit 

Health through art and inspiration 

PEOPLE attending Stuart Low Trust have been making the most of the Estorick Collection before the Canonbury gallery closes for a major refurbishment at the end of this month. The art workshops have explored colour theory, composition and psychology with participants creating collages, text pieces and even some art-inspired fashion accessories. The Stuart Low Trust runs a wide range of social and health-promotion events in the borough to combat isolation and physical and mental health problems. This week will be the last session in the series and will make the most of the group’s local knowledge to map the area. “We know places by their smell, like a smelly alley or fragrant garden,” says Jenny Pengilly, the gallery’s education coordinator. “We can also feel the textures and emotions in a space. It’s a chance to share and map that knowledge of Islington.” 

•The current exhibition at the Estorick, The Experience of Colour, closes on July 31. 39a Canonbury Square, N1, 020 7704 9522, 

Kings Place comes to Cally Market

Cally Market volunteer and local baker Paul O’Brien

THE Cally Market may be on a hiatus but are looking forward to their biggest gig yet. Kings Place in York Way has requested the market provide stalls for the Kings Place Festival (September 10-11). “We feel like we’ve hit the big time!” says volunteer and local potter Linda Land. “We really want to draw people from the Islington community and let the community know about this opportunity. You might be just starting out or need a boost. We want to get a real mix of traders.” The celebrated arts and concert venue has already sold 4,000 tickets for the event and a stall will cost £50 for both days. The market’s devoted team of volunteers, including Caan Reis, Linda Land, Sally Weston and Paul, James and Gabriela O’Brien at the Sunflour Bakery, are hoping this high profile pop-up edition of the market will trigger a return for the regular market in Caledonian Road. 

• For more information on trading at the festival email Linda on and for details on the festival visit 

Dramatic lives of thoroughly modern Marys

Mary, Mary producer Ashleigh Loeb, left, who performs the play with Francesca Burgoyne (right), at Mary Wollstonecraft’s grave in St Pancras Old Church

STROUD Green resident Ashleigh Loeb is to honour former Islington resident and “Mother of Feminism” Mary Wollstonecraft with a new play, Mary, Mary, that focuses on the lives of Wollstonecraft and her daughter Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein. “They were both so ahead of their time, so modern,” says Ashleigh. “They had revolutionary ideas for even our time. I spend time in Newington Green where Mary Wollstonecraft lived, and what’s so amazing when you are there is it’s still quite villagey, it’s not that difficult to imagine how it looked in the 1780s.” 

Mary, Mary, August 20-21, 2pm, at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre, 42-44 Gaisford Street, Kentish Town, NW5. For tickets 08444 771000.


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